The Gay Revolution

The Gay Revolution

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a€œThe most comprehensive history to date of Americaa€™s gay-rights movement.a€ a€”The Economist The sweeping story of the modern struggle for gay, lesbian, and trans rightsa€”from the 1950s to the presenta€”based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, legal activists, and members of the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day. The fight for gay, lesbian, and trans civil rightsa€”the years of outrageous injustice, the early battles, the heart-breaking defeats, and the victories beyond the dreams of the gay rights pioneersa€”is the most important civil rights issue of the present day. Based on rigorous research and more than 150 interviews, The Gay Revolution tells this unfinished story not through dry facts but through dramatic accounts of passionate struggles, with all the sweep, depth, and intricacies only an award-winning activist, scholar, and novelist like Lillian Faderman can evoke. The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when law classified gays and lesbians as criminals, the psychiatric profession saw them as mentally ill, the churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with irrational hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond. Faderman discusses the protests in the 1960s; the counter reaction of the 1970s and early eighties; the decimated but united community during the AIDS epidemic; and the current hurdles for the right to marriage equality. In the words of the eyewitnesses who were there through the most critical events, The Gay Revolution paints a nuanced portrait of the LGBT civil rights movement. A defining account, this is the most complete and authoritative book of its kind.Sixty-three-year-old Wilfred Perkinsa€”Will, he liked to be calleda€”was the owner of Perkins Motor Company, a new-and-used-car dealership, which hea#39;d inherited from his father in 1959. He was a born-again, as was at least a third of Coloradoanbsp;...

Title:The Gay Revolution
Author: Lillian Faderman
Publisher:Simon and Schuster - 2015-09-08

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